▼感受海洋气息， the smell of the ocean
The site of the project is composed of two independent housing compounds and a hardened courtyard, which totally occupy an area of about 2,500 square meters. And the two housing compounds are respectively called the Southern Building and the Northern Building according to the directions. They are enclosed by the courtyard in the southwest and the sea in the northeast, and are separated by a trapezoid-shape space in between. If the entire site is divided into stairs with three altitude differences, the first step is the region of the courtyard, the second is the façade of the housing compounds, and the third one is the abalone pond in the shape of checked spun antung. In fact, long with the above steps, there are two hidden steps in the site, namely, the solidified building tops and the ocean changing with tides. When first being in the roughcast buildings, the most impressive thing was the smell of the ocean. And when the wind passed through a building and blew on my body, the entire building seemed to be drifting with sea waves.
▼北楼建筑入口立面，entrance facade of the north building
▼北楼立面细部，facade of the north building
Initially, the designer needed to primarily decide how to properly integrate the two independent housing compounds into a whole according to functional requirements. Because of the layered characteristic with different altitudes of the entire project site and the housing compounds, the design of the entire facade features streamlining, including the double-oriented stairs and ramps to enter the housing compounds. For the aisle on the third floor, the designer used black vertical partitions and wood-color wavy walls to offset the monotonous nature of the long aisle; and on the straight flight stair cases passing through the courtyard to arrive at the dining hall, people can see the checkered lights and shadows on the curving walls. Meanwhile, the design of the patio on the third floor not only provides lighting for the communal space, but also is the only way to get to the top of a housing compounds.
In the designing process, the integration and collision between the interior and surrounding environment will be the core of the entire project design. The most charming points lie in how to capture the impressive focuses in the site, how to create different ways of seeing the sea and interacting with the sea in the indoor spaces, and how to response to the spatial evolution generated with the changes of the surroundings. Moreover, each room has windows that are able to be opened. Only the sea breezes directly allow people to infinitely feel the sea, so in order to highlight this feature, both the designing style and the detail construction should be strengthened from the perspective of spatial-detail design.
▼泳池与观景平台，pool and terrace on rooftop
After the renovation, the project will possess 20 independent guest rooms which are equipped with two indoor regions for public activities——a sea-view restaurant on the first floor of the Southern Building and a cafe on the third floor of the Northern Building, as well as an outdoor landscape area, an infinity pool, a roof terrace, etc.
▼客房内部，interior view of the guest rooms
The project is positioned as a design hotel. The overall architectural feature is dominated by naturalistic style, keeping the plants around the buildings and integrating the pine trees in the southern side as a part of the housing compounds. The abalone pond at the front of the sea is preserved as a natural landscape, which takes the practical significance into account, that is, the pond can be used as the supply source of the freshest food materials for the restaurant as well as a great view for customers. The external facades and the rooms are designed in a various of ways, including large floor-to-ceiling windows that can be pulled to open, as well as bay windows, bathtubs, terrace bars, restaurants and swimming pools facing the sea, so that all the visible parts are both indoor and outdoor.
In terms of interior design, the traditional style of decoration has been abandoned, and the combination of spatial expression and functional constitution is treated as a new design language. The layout of the functional planes of the rooms tends to be more open, and the selection of materials is also more inclined to the adoption of natural materials, such as light beige stones bearing fossils, solid wood bay windows made of red cherry woods, solid wood floors, terrazzos … and so on.
▼室内设计更偏向自然材质的运用，the selection of materials is more inclined to the adoption of natural materials
设计初衷其实更希望的是一种生活方式的融入，所以在空间中预留了很多收藏事物的内凹空间和层板空间的设计，建筑空间的完美呈现除了建造的过程以外更需要的是时光打磨。随着建造的开始到结束，望着远处的海面还是那片海面，空间本身的变化带给人的改变又如同海洋气息一般，以看不见的姿态影响着来过的人们。有时只是在想如果让空间本身直接变成生活或者精神层面的外延部分，再让这种思维的空间反作用于在空间里的其他人，这时候空间本身就成为一种媒介，用来沟通，交流，被解读，空间本身只有拥有这种特质，空间才可以重塑生活。软装设计上更多体现的定位配套的选择，设计师品牌在空间中随处可以见，可以看到Tom dixon＼Stellar Works＼HAY的PALISSADE系列＼Muuto＼normann等产品。
The original intention of the design is prone to the integration of a lifestyle, so lots of concave spaces and shelf spaces are designed for future storage/collection. In addition to the process of construction, the perfect presentation of the building spaces more requires the polish of time. From the beginning to the end of the construction, the far away ocean is always there, and the changes in people’s feelings brought about by the alterations of the spaces are just like the smell of the sea which affects people who have visited here in an invisible form. Sometimes I think why not directly transform the spaces into an extensional part of our lives or our spiritual levels, so that the space will in turn work on the people inside, and become a kind of medium for exchanging, communicating and interpreting. And only when the spaces are equipped with such quality, our lives can be reshaped by the spaces.
▼黄昏海景，sea view in the evening
▼南楼一层平面图，plan level 1 (south building)
▼北楼三层平面图，plan level 3 (north building)
▼南北楼公共空间剖面图，public space section
▼北楼一至三层剖面图，north building section